SLEIGH WHAT?! jeff coffin, jordan perlson, matt wigton (2017)
“Very, very groovy.” – Mr. Grinch
“Pops and I can’t stop dancing!” – Mrs. Claus
“What do you mean you didn’t include my song?!” – Frosty (the Snowman)
“Not sure if any of this is any good. Looks like a pot belly with an open door getting ready to fire up.” – Jeff’s Mom
“Bah Humbug! Thanksgiving is STILL my favorite holiday!” – Scrooge
01) Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie)
02) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Johnny Marks)
03) Little Drummer Boy (Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone)
04) White Christmas (Irving Berlin)
05) The Christmas Song (Mel Torme & Robert Wells)
06) Silent Night (trad.)
07) I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram)
08) Auld Lang Syne (trad.)
JEFF COFFIN – soprano, alto, tenor sax, bass flute, clarinet
JORDAN PERLSON – drums
MATT WIGTON – acoustic bass
“Sleigh What?! is kind of a cross between Santa’s Workshop and the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop.” – Jeff C.
It was literally just a couple days before we recorded this music that I called Jordan and Matt to ask them if they were interested in being part of it. They said yes.
Making some kind of holiday record had been in the back of my mind since we recorded JINGLE ALL THE WAY with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. I just wasn’t quite sure what i wanted to do or who I wanted to do it with. When I decided to finally go for it, Jordan and Matt were the first two musicians I thought of. They are quirky and creative players (in the best sense!), and they think and play in a particularly creative, and uniquely imaginative way.
Musically, and artistically, we decided not to do any overdubs and we all recorded in the same room together. No headphones. We wanted this music to sound and feel unique but still retain a spirit of joy and mystery to the listener. We played to each other and to the room over two evenings, December 10 & 11, 2017. It was a great experience for the three of us and I think you’ll hear that translated in the music.
Jordan, Matt, and I are great friends and are pretty goofy around each other but the music is serious and I believe each tune has our character(s) imbued within it. The title SLEIGH WHAT?! references our love of puns and wordplay and we think it’s pretty funny. We hope you do too.
Happy Holidays to all!!! With love, peace, and gratitude…jc
Produced by Jeff Coffin, Jordan Perlson, Matt Wigton
Recorded @ ITA Studios, Nashville TN • December 10 & 11, 2017
Engineered by Jeff Coffin
Mixed by Mark Rubel
Mastered by Jim DeMain @ Yes Mastering, Nashville, TN
Arrangements by Jeff Coffin, Jordan Perlson, Matt Wigton
Jeff endorses Yamaha Saxophones, D’Addario Reeds, and the D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Sax Mouthpiece exclusively.
Jordan endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks, Ahead Armor Cases, and Masters Of Maple Drums.
Matt endorses Reunion Blues Cases, and Westone Audio.
Design by Robert Hakalski | Visual Machinery
Reindeer drawing by Jeff. Goatee by Robert Hakalski. Goatee suggestion by Jordan.
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